Of Flavors and Beaches

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetry Form:  Monotetra
(posted by Grace)

"Today we are going to try our hand with a poetic form developed by Michael Walker, the monotetra. Here are the basic rules:

*Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
*Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
*The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables. This is what makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form – the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated.
*This poem can be as short as 1 or 2 quatrains and as long as a poet wishes."

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4

Many flowers from which to choose
chocolate chip mint, hard to refuse.
Coffee, mudslide, now I'm confused.
No way to lose! No way to lose!

Look at the ocean, I beseech,
not that I wish to make a speech.
I tell everyone I can reach,
life is a beach! life is a beach!


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Of Flavors and Beaches

  1. Mike Bayles says:

    I like this, Sara, a fun, rhyming poem.


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